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Wu Jia Pi (Acanthopanax Root Bark)

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Warm Wu Jia Pi (Cortex Radicis Acanthopanacis Gracistyli)
Channels:
KI, LIV
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Cortex Radicis Acanthopanacis Gracistyli
Chinese:
五加皮
Tone Marks:
wŭ jiā pí
Translation:
Bark of Five Additions

Actions

  • Dispels Wind and Damp, Strengthens Tendons and Bones
    For elderly or developmentally delayed children with weak or deficient bones and tendons. For muscle spasm, pain and cramps due to excess or deficient conditions. Also for weak and sore low back and knees.
  • Reduces Swelling, Transforms Damp
    For edema and dysuria along with Cold Damp Leg Qi.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use caution when working with heavy machinery, this herb has a sedative effect.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • One case of bilateral vision loss has been reported following an ingestion of 500 grams. Perhaps due to an adulterant

Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 4.5-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)

Notes

  • This herb is a well know adaptogen that has shown the ability to increase performance in mice